Do you want to surprise your family and guests with world-class delicious pork dishes at your dinner party? Or would you like a change-up from the regular chicken or beef? Then you are in the right place because pork is famous for its versatility.
I’m sorry, but pork has gotten a bad rap. However, it’s becoming the new unsung hero, thanks to keto and paleo diets that are touting its beneficial properties.
But you know me; I am not into diets. I simply love pork because it’s just so awesomely tasty.
Besides, you can enjoy pork any way you want. Roast it, grill it, braise it, or smoke it because it will never disappoint you when it comes to taste.
So here are 18 easy pork recipes that will make you the superstar of the kitchen.
Pork is a rich source of protein, vitamins like B-6, B-12, minerals like iron, zinc, phosphorus, and selenium. Additionally, it’s high in protein.
On the other hand, pork is also high in saturated fats and sodium, negatively impacting our health. And trichinosis is a real possibility, so please be careful where you buy your pork. Choosing and cooking pork well reduces the risk tremendously, so go ahead, savor the deliciousness.
The new recommendation is to cook it over 165℉/75℃ and make sure the internal temperature is over 145℉/63℃, then let it rest 3 minutes before eating.
You can grill, pan-sear, braise, broil, bake, or steam the meat. This way, the pork will stay moist and be safe to eat.
That answer depends on what you like. If you want Pernil, go for the shoulder. On the other hand, a gourmet meal doesn’t get any better than this tenderloin. Pork chops come from the loin (pretty close to the tenderloin) and make a mouthwatering meal.
Pork Chop Recipes
1. Oven-Baked Pork Chops
This super easy one-dish recipe is a great time saver. When you are in the mood for melt-in-your-mouth pork chops, you can count on this one. This perfectly seasoned recipe will pull you out of your boring dinner routine. It’s so full of flavors and tenderness that your tastebuds will sing out loud.
2. Slow-Cooker Pork Chops
This recipe is perfect for a busy mom. Pork chops are first seasoned with savory spices, then slow-cooked for 4-5 hours.
Additionally, you can opt for different flavors like honey, BBQ sauce, or crushed tomatoes. That’s how versatile pork can be! Serve it with chunky applesauce and Brussels sprouts with bacon to complete the meal.
3. Easy Smothered Pork Chops
With ingredients like chicken broth, butter, paprika, garlic, this recipe is the perfect comfort food for a grey day. Also, butter gives it a rich flavor, and the chicken broth makes it tender. The pork is cooked with crushed garlic to make it more delicious, plus the paprika really adds up.
And do you know what the perfect side is? Potatoes. Yum! Garlic mashed potatoes or plain white rice with mushroom gravy go pretty well with this recipe.
4. Breaded Pork Chops
Juicy boneless pork chops in a crispy breading with Parmesan cheese sound like a real feast. The spices perfectly balance to give it a delightful flavor, while the cheesy coating makes this dish simply irresistible. And surprisingly, it only takes 15-20 minutes to prepare.
5. Stuffed Pork Chops
With lots of veggies and cheese, stuffed pork chops are hard to resist. The mushroom, spinach, and bell pepper mixture make it really healthy, but the cheese adds that delicious creamy touch.
But the best part about this recipe is that it only takes 30 minutes to prepare. And if you love cheese, you can experiment with different types of cheese.
6. Pan-Fried Boneless Pork Chops
The perfect pork recipe for a busy night. It’s not only easy, but it’s also delicious and healthy! The combination of orange juice, ground cumin, and parsley makes the pork chops so juicy and flavorful. Not to mention that it’s super easy to make.
7. Smoked Pork Chops
For you who love a smoky flavor, this one is a must-try! You can use different types of wood chips to give the meat an exciting taste. The pork chop seasoning and brine tenderize the meat even more, giving you a great flavor party.
8. Marinated Pork Chop With Rosemary And Garlic
Pork chops are not only delicious, but they’re also affordable. This recipe has a combination of garlic, fresh rosemary, smoked paprika, soy sauce, and white pepper. Each ingredient plays its role perfectly in this fantastic dish.
Fresh rosemary adds a wonderful aroma, while smoked paprika and soy sauce make the meat tender and more flavorful. Surprisingly, it only takes 20-25 minutes to prepare. The perfect sides are Seasoned Rice, Green Beans, and Easy Coleslaw.
Pork Shoulder Recipes
9. Pernil Puerto Rican Style
Puerto Rican roasted pork is a flavorful dish you will find at just about every party. This country’s cuisine was influenced by Spanish, African, and Taíno cultures. Thanks to the adobo seasoning made with ground annatto, salt, pepper, sofrito, and oregano, it’s full of flavor.
Also, the pork shoulder has so much flavor, and it’s perfect for roasting. Additionally, when you pair it with Roast Garlic Mashed Potato, Honey Glazed Carrots, Green Beans, and Bacon or Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin, you have a meal fit for a king.
10. Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is yet another super easy recipe to make. Just throw everything into a deep baking dish and let it cook for 6-7 hours. Ingredients like paprika, brown sugar, thyme, onion, and garlic powder make it really flavorful.
11. Griot de Porc
Griot de Porc is one of the most popular traditional Haitian dishes. It’s not only full of flavor, but it’s also effortless to make. It has all the flavors that will tempt your taste buds. From sour to sweet, spicy to salty, you just can’t go wrong with this dish.
Orange juice adds a fresh, citrusy touch, and the parsley makes it attractive. Pair it with rice and beans or serve it with pickled cabbage, carrots, and hot pepper to complete the meal.
12. Slow Cooker Carnitas
Carnitas is a classic dish from Mexico, which means “little meat.” This recipe is delicious and extremely easy to make. The tenderloin or shoulder will give you the best result.
Add some orange juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin powder to a slow cooker and cook for 8 hours. After that, take out the meat and cut it into smaller pieces. You can use a fork to break the meat apart. It is the perfect filling for tacos and burritos, or simply serve it with a side of Mexican Rice.
Pork Loin Recipes
13. Stuffed Pork Loin Roast
This dish is full of spices and contrasts that truly make it unique. The roasted garlic and finely chopped thyme pack it with flavor. And don’t forget about the filling! The drool-worthy mushroom and bacon take it over the top.
14. Herb-Crusted Pork Loin Roast
Are you looking for a healthy and tasty holiday meal for your family? Pork Loin Roast with oregano and rosemary is just what you need.
The herb crust gives the meat a delicate and aromatic flavor, while the ingredients like coarsely ground black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic give it a fresh touch. It also comes with the perfect gravy!
15. Pork Tenderloin Roast
Is it a regular weeknight or special occasion? This recipe is perfect for either one. And it’s so easy to make in 30 minutes max. The ingredients are also pretty basic. However, the result is full of flavor and utterly satisfying.
16. Slow Cooker Pork Loin
Slow cooking makes a big difference for tender and flavorful meat. And this slow cooker pork loin is no different! The ingredients in this recipe are easy to find, but the result is amazing.
I use pineapple slices to add a tropical twist to this dish. The Creole seasoning also gives a unique taste that makes the pork even more delicious. It goes great with steamed vegetables or this Cornbread Dressing.
Other Pork Recipes
17. Smoked Pork Belly
If you like your meat smoky, juice, and tender, this recipe is the one for you. The Creole seasoning gives it a unique taste, and the smokebox ensures that the meat comes out juicy and even more delectable. And last but not least, the BBQ sauce gives it a tangy touch that complements the meat perfectly.
But you’re not limited to the Creole seasoning. You can try out different seasonings, such as Pork Chop Seasoning. It will become your all-time favorite once you pair it with Parmesan Crusted Baked Asparagus or Brioche Bread.
18. Pulled Pork Egg Rolls
This recipe is great for parties! Are you bored of the same old appetizers? Then you’ve got to try this one!
It’s even easier than a regular egg roll. You just replace the filling with pulled pork and BBQ sauce. Then deep-fry them (3-4 minutes) until the egg roll wrapper becomes golden brown.